NanoMarkets Releases Two New White Papers Covering Silver Inks and Encapsulation
GLEN ALLEN, Va., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets today announced the release of two white papers that are available for download from the firm’s website at www.nanomarkets.net.
The two papers titled, “The Coming Strategic Crisis in the Silver Inks and Pastes Business and How it Can be Overcome” and “Is There a Market for Novel Encapsulation Technologies?” take a critical look at the changing fortunes for companies operating within these spaces and present some tough but necessary choices that firms must make in both markets. There is no cost to access the papers.
The Coming Strategic Crisis in the Silver Inks and Pastes Business and How it Can be Overcome
NanoMarkets believes that the silver inks and pastes business will face significant strategic challenges in the next decade. The firm is projecting that the total market for silver inks and pastes will contract from approximately $7.8 billion to about $7.5 billion by the end of the decade.
While a market decline of under 4 percent does not seem like the end of the world, the industry is lacking a new opportunity to pursue as it has in the past when silver paste makers rode the home appliance wave into consumer electronics, then computers, cell phones and most recently solar panels, as each of these sectors took off. But with hard times in the solar industry, the silver inks and pastes industry’s luck seems to have run out. There seems to be no big new market to take solar’s place.
This paper addresses what options remain available to silver inks and paste makers and was drawn from the NanoMarkets report, “The Silver Inks and Pastes Market 2013″ issued in January on 2013. The paper is available at www.nanomarkets.net/Downloads/SilverInksWP.pdf
Is There a Market for Novel Encapsulation Technologies?
In the past few years, novel encapsulation technologies have become a hot topic in the thin-film, printed and electronics communities. Many of the latest materials platforms for displays, lighting and solar panels appear to require higher performance encapsulation technologies. And in response to this apparent need, new alternatives have appeared in the marketplace; notably multilayer barrier films and conformally deposited coatings.
While all this sounds like the makings of a good business case, recent history seems to be saying otherwise. Encapsulation plays such as Symmorphix and (quite recently) Cambridge Nanotech have gone out of business while Vitex was swallowed up by Samsung. And other startups are confessing that they are no longer sure how they are ever going to make big money out of their clever encapsulation ideas.
So the industry finds itself facing a paradox. Some of the most exciting new thin-film-printed-organic technologies need new kinds of encapsulation. Yet there is good empirical evidence that firms cannot make money providing these novel species of encapsulation.
This white paper addresses what is missing from the picture and details the strategic options facing the business. The full paper can be downloaded from www.nanomarkets.net/Downloads/EncapsulationWP.pdf
The contents from the paper were sourced, in part, from the NanoMarkets reports, “Markets for Inorganic and Organic Thin-Film PV Encapsulation” and “Markets for OLED Encapsulation Materials.”
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.??